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Monday, August 2, 2010

Day 209: Engorged breasts

Today's Reading: Isaiah 49-53

Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you!

See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.

I breast fed both of my children until they were at least two years old. I feel like I am close to being an expert in breast feeding as I have fed a baby at my breast at least 10,000 times.

All breast feeding mothers know a couple of things. A breast feeding mother does not have the option of forgetting her child.

When your baby cries, your breasts respond by letting down milk. Many a time, the front of my shirt or blouse was drenched with milk before I could get my crying baby to my breast. This can be quite embarrassing. This is something over which you have no control.

You cannot easily skip a feeding. Your breasts become as hard as rocks and very painful with the pressure of milk that is built up in them. There is nothing like putting your baby to your breast and getting the relief as the sucking child drains the milk.

The relationship between a breast feeding mother and her child is incredible. They are mutually dependent and the time spent in that kind of intimacy bonds them for life at an unexplainable level.

God speaks today as a mother with engorged breasts.

"There is no way I can forget you."

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